RS: Money, Trade and Crime

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode LYX108M10
Vaknaam RS: Money, Trade and Crime
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I
ECTS 10
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Research Seminar: Money, Trade and Crime. The Dark Side of Globalization
Leerdoelen L1. Acquire, organize and apply knowledge about various aspects of the track specialisation(s) linked to the research seminar, as well as about the role of different actors within these fields. (PLO 1.1, 1.3, 2.3, 5.1)
L2. Develop a research plan with a clearly formulated problem definition, using one or more methods and techniques suitable for the research in the specific field of the specialisation track. (PLO 2.1, 2.2)
L3. Act self-reliant and reliable in the execution of the tasks belonging to this course unit, and execute tasks in a scientifically, socially and ethically responsible manner. (PLO 3.1)
L4. Critically assess research of oneself and of others. (PLO 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 5.2)
L5. Report on research choices and progress in a clear manner, with the help of ICT skills. (PLO 4.1, 4.3, 5.5)
L6. Express oneself in a clear and coherent manner, both in oral and in written/typed form, using understandable and correct English. (PLO 4.1, 4.2, 4.3)

The PLO numbers correspond to the programme learning outcomes in the Teaching and Examination Regulations of the Master programme.
Omschrijving Globalization is often considered a positive phenomenon, which has certainly, among other things, contributed to the reduction of poverty at the global level. However, globalization is also the driver of negative forces, such as the spreading of terrorism, the strengthening of global networks of organized crime, the proliferation of counterfeit products and the multiplication of opportunities for money laundering. These negative forces, also know as the dark side of globalization, are made possible by the same global infrastructure that allows globalization to occur. Thus, both globalization and its dark side are inevitably linked to one another.

The mechanisms used by the negative forces of globalization are always taking place in similar ways. In general, illicit activities regard decisions of spending money that one is not supposed to have to buy/sell things one is not supposed to trade. This research seminar examines how this mechanism is reproduced thanks to the emerging platform of the global economy. From selling illegal drugs produced in the Middle East, to injecting illegally acquired funding into the regular economy, this course presents a substantive summary of the dark side of globalization in three steps. First, the course introduces the theoretical concepts to understand the links between the strengthening of globalization and the spreading of illegal practices in the global economy. Second, the course reviews practical cases of money laundering and good smuggling, such as human trafficking, tax evasion, organize crimes, etc that accompany globalization. Third, the course analyzes the challenges that the forces of the dark side of globalization pose to the international system and the way in which responses have been formulated. To this end, the research seminar will make use of literature on global governance, international political economy and international security.

The course will be structured in the form of six seminars and one final day devoted to the presentation of the research project that each student will work on during the course. Further details will be provided in class.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
(Seminar starts in week 2)
Toetsvorm nog niet bekend
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. F. Giumelli
Docent(en) dr. F. Giumelli
Entreevoorwaarden Admission to the master IR.
Opmerkingen Students have to complete two research seminars. See for more information the ‘brochure research seminars’ available on the Online Study Guide Master IR https://student.portal.rug.nl/infonet/studenten/let/programmes/ma-irio/. It is not possible to register for a Research Seminar via Progress. You should submit your preferences for your Research Seminars from Monday 23 August 2021 12.00 hrs (noon) until Wednesday 1 September 2021 23.59 hrs (see enrolment form).

The IR department will do the utmost to place you in your preferred research seminars, but because of scheduling and overall availability of places in the research seminars we cannot guarantee you will be placed in your first choice.

After you have submitted your preferences, you will be registered in Progress for your Research Seminars before 10 September. Research Seminars start in the week of 13 September.

For this course attendance is mandatory.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 4 semester I verplicht
Ma Internationale Betrekkingen  (International Security) 1 semester I keuze
Ma Internationale Betrekkingen  (International Political Economy) 1 semester I keuze
Ma Internationale Betrekkingen  ( International Relations and International Organization) 1 semester I keuze